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Business Computing BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    G503

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4-6 years part time
    4 years (with Foundation)

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


Business Computing BSc (Hons) approaches computing from a professional perspective and is designed to tackle the application of technology in a commercial context.  It explores the design, implementation, and application of technical solutions to industry’s challenges.

In a climate increasingly reliant on computing solutions, companies require individuals who can craft robust, reliable and user-friendly systems that drive organisational solutions.  Business Computing BSc (Hons) develops the practical skills and knowledge you need to be part of this dynamic industry.

This hands-on course provides you with development skills, such as SQL, PHP and Java to improve employability, whilst promoting the aptitude and problem-solving approaches to harness those skills to achieve strategic goals and develop business insight.  Business Computing facilitates careers in data analysis, web design and development, databases, programming, systems analysis, IT management, as well as fostering entrepreneurs.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Updated 25/05/2021

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Course Content


  • Business Computing shares a common first year with other Computing pathways, with flexible progression into the second year.  In Business Computing you will have the option to tailor your second and third years to specialise to suit your career aspirations and curiosities.

    After your second year, you have the opportunity to work on a placement year, learning in industry and creating contacts that will be valuable when you graduate, improving your chances of getting the first step in your future career.

    In the final year you will study Security, Business Intelligence and Project Management at greater depth as you develop your strategic skills alongside the practical ones.  You will have the option to choose to develop a practical build for your dissertation or research and evaluate emerging technologies.  With the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from the course, you will be well equipped to enter the workplace or continue with further study to best fulfil your personal ambitions and potential.

    Modules

    Modules for Business Computing BSc (Hons) can be found here.

     

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. No prior computing experience is required.

    In addition to the standard UoN entry requirements, applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above. Access (with 12 credits at L2 or 6 at L3 in Maths) and BTEC qualification in Computing at Level 3 are accepted in lieu of Mathematics GCSE.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate)
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    Computing MSc

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  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

    • emphasis on hands-on practice
    • flexible programme and study route
    • employability and industry focused, with an optional placement year available

    The Computing Society, with activities and talks all year round, has a long history of supporting Computing students. Whether you are seeking a graduate placement, a part-time job whilst you study, or just want to get your name out there for later, the Computing Society is a great place to start.

    The course is industry and employability focused. Staff are professionally trained and actively engaged with ITIL, itSMF, Prince2®, SFIA, APM and BCS.

  • How many hours per week of teaching/ personal tutoring?

    You will spend 12 hours per week in class.  Including self-directed study time you will spend 200 hours in total on each 20 credit module.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed on practice and theory through practical implementations, reports, essays, demonstrations and examinations.  Most modules are designed to develop problem solving techniques and interpersonal skills and many provide the opportunity for group work.

    Are there any specialist facilities or special features?

    We put an emphasis on hands-on practice:

    • flexible programme and study route
    • employability and industry focused, with an optional placement year available

    The Computing Society, with activities and talks all year round, has a long history of supporting Computing students. Whether you are seeking a graduate placement, a part-time job whilst you study, or just want to get your name out there for later, the Computing Society is a great place to start.

    The course is industry and employability focused. Staff are professionally trained and actively engaged with ITIL, itSMF, Prince2®, SFIA, APM and BCS.

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Careers and Employability


The skills that you will learn in this course will enable you to embark on a range of careers, with examples of roles including:

Systems Analyst, Programmer, Database Developer, Database Manager, Test Engineer, IT Support or management of web based systems, new developments and projects.